IVGID Tip: The dos and don’ts of landing a summer job
April 21, 2014
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.
If you’re looking for summer employment, you should start the process now as you’ll be one of many applying for a set number of positions.
Do your homework by going online, talking with current employees, friends and contacts to find out what jobs are out there and which are right for you.
Find out how to apply, either online, in-person, application or resume. This is your first impression, so make it count by providing complete information, reviewing for typos and grammatical errors and not just putting “Open” or “See Resume.”
If you are struggling with the employment section, think of when you volunteered for events, babysat, worked on a community project or helped a neighbor landscape.
Listing that information verses leaving sections blank will show you have taken responsibility and someone depended on you to meet a need.
Stand out with good follow-up. Show persistence and professionalism by the way you follow-up. Make each interaction count by being courteous and friendly.
Whether you send an email, call, or follow up in person, this is your chance to shine and make a positive impression.
Appearance counts, so don’t show up in a three piece suit for a recreation-type job or in workout clothes for a four-star resort job.
Practice for the interview with someone you trust to be honest and critical. Think about the questions the interviewer may ask pertaining to the job or your experience.
Come up with a few questions you want to ask in the interview to find out more about the expectations and work environment to make sure it’s a good fit. Your willingness to learn and attitude are critical no matter what the job.
Summer jobs can be a great starting point to a future career and North Lake Tahoe is a great place to begin your journey.
This tip was provided by Lisa Hoopes, human resource analyst for the Incline Village General Improvement District. Visit YourTahoePlace.com for a listing of summer jobs through IVGID.
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